Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 1982-07-27
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FOB - Senn 421's> Sony TC-D5 (at "mouth" of the stage)> Nak Dragon Playback> HHB CDR-850 (no DAT gen)> CDR (Jim Wise transfer/master); Extraction, Editing, Shorten Compression and Upload by Mike "dankstar" Parrillo; note crossfade applied on Drumz tape flip
- 2004-06-16 14:31:54
- FOB - Senn 421's> Sony TC-D5 (at mouth of the stage)> Nak Dragon Playback> HHB CDR-850 (no DAT gen)> CDR
- Morrison, CO
- Taped by
- Jim Wise
- Transferred by
- Jim Wise
- Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Subject: Red Rocks Redux
No promoter had been able to synch the Dead with Red Rocks since '79 (which was a single show), with the 7 previous Colo shows being in Denver & Boulder. This starts the third Red Rocks run of seven ('78 had 4 shows in a row, with a 7-week gap between 2nd/3rd shows). This also starts 4 annual 3-day runs (would have been 6 but '86 had a "small issue"). This first set is well-regarded (particularly the China>Rider) and the second set has a fine sequence; altogether much better than the previous show in Boulder (with the drunken Bob). It's sometimes cited as one of the 5 or so best of their 20 shows here (but the 29th is arguably better). In the first set you can feel the energy of 9000 dancin' fools. It rained all night - though not as bad as the next night.
First Set. Consistent set, with a nice tempo rolling through solid versions. On the Road Again is one of 8 electric versions in '82 and Musta Been Roses is just about perfect. Jer does a few different licks from the norm for the next couple songs. The only average song is Peggy-O. China>Rider is almost a Motorik version and speedy. The go-to '82 China>Rider.
Second Set. Playin' isn't the normal start and this one has varied, interesting playing that's one of the year's best (along with maybe 4/6, 8/7). It's Brent that's the key[s] for Terrapin, a straight read-through, which then goes back to Playin' (fun!). Sounds like all come out for Space except Billy. The set mostly flags from here, the exception being The Other One, which is punchy, with nice Phil bombs; and dig how they take advantage of a space to refocus @2:42. The end jam of Stella Blue almost saves it; the encore is a sloppy finish to a short set - just over an hour.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¾ stars
It Must Have Been the Roses - A filler-ballad for some, but don't skip
China Cat>Know You Rider - Awesome, Motorik-adjacent
Playing in the Band - The flow of whole sandwich is great, too
The Other One - Jumping into deep water, especially Phil; must hear once
SOURCES: There's really something to the hypothesis that Red Rocks AUDs (wise_4705) are atmospherically more fun than SBDs (particularly if you were there). In this case the SBD (clemens_78746) is kinda screwy, with levels jumping and Brent too loud. The sirmick_109780 matrix, however, is brilliant, and much preferred for all except the Drums>Space tranny. This show finally has this long-deserved matrix! It runs slightly fast, needing -0.5% pitch correction until about Peggy-O, then needs -0.75% for the rest. The dalton_miller_clugston SBD update patches the first secs of Peggy-O and corrects the channels, but is otherwise the same as clemens_78746. Both run very fast and need -3% pitch (and neither surpass the matrix).
The beauty of the venue has lead some to call it acoustically blessed. In truth, the acoustics at Red Rocks are notoriously BAD - most working in the industry either have to shrug about their sound or dislike playing here. The PA sound does tricky and difficult-to-control things, bouncing around in funny places from the sandstone (echo overlay in the upper rows) or affected by weird/sudden weather blasting off the seven-thousand-foot high foothill. Try to adjust for this during soundcheck and it will all be different that night when 9000 bodies fill the concrete platforms and the weather changes. The Dead were just about the only band that met this challenge and re-engineered the thinking with special-built 55-foot vert-arrays. I was never impressed with other bands at Red Rocks (bad sound, terrible traffic, 5 people per seat in the first 20 rows), but the Dead at Red Rocks was a cathedral; truly a cosmic event.
jpotts3 > My ranking for this second set [B-] is above average; there are low points and high points to the set, which falls off after Space (except a B+ TOO). I am keeping my rankings honest. To be A+ straight through, as you say, it would have to be the best set of their career [out of thousands!]. It's not. Nor would I rank it the best 2nd set of '82, or even this run (I prefer the 29th). If it's YOUR best, then that's a great find. Even average GD is amazing, and was more so in person - that's why we love this music.
Subject: Other one, oh yes!!
[added 2019] Mind Wanderin, above, how do you give a C+ to this second set, i have no idea- one of my all time favorites. The second Set, all within a mighty mighty Playing in The Band. The Terrapin!! The Other One! The Stella Blue! The Wheel! A MONSTER. Graded on a curve vz other shows of the era, a straight A+
Wow, what a run that was!!
And next night, in the 2nd row...
i was a true believer after these shows, fur sure
btw, how about Further? Seen 'em yet?
It has been a reawakening for us old timers= and a chance for the young 'uns to taste what we once knew!
Was just wondering, in my fantasy, if I could make it to the shows there this month. I might try next year, if they do it again..
Subject: The other versions of this are better
Subject: environment and acoustics
These are very, very good audience recordings and smoking jams. I wish I could have gotten across "Big Muddy" to see the band out west. Thanks to all for making these recordings available.
Subject: This is THE Other One
Only problem is there are no great audience tapes of any of the 3 nites and the boards all have a bad mix in them. Wish I was taping back then....
Subject: call to the captain
4 Big daddy's for this gig
Subject: The Playin' Scat
Subject: how lucky we were
This show has some nice jams, I love Bobby doing a scat thing over the beginning of the Playin jam. Never heard that before. Worth checking out. The drum break is so thrilling that Bob urges the crowd to give it up for the Rhythm Devils. This one is probably the weakest of 3 strong RR shows, which isn't saying much really.
Subject: Unh huh
SET II is why you want to hear this the China>Rider is ripping and how many times have you ever heard Bob scat(sing along note for note with Jerry)on Playin? This is the one and only time I am aware of. Great stuff but short.
Subject: Great Show/OK Tape
I've been listening to several recordings from the summer of 82. What a great period of time for the band. They seem to be enjoying themselves a lot on this tour - lots of energy and very daring jams. This show is no different.
Subject: I Love Red Rocks Audience Tapes
Subject: time machine
Subject: Wow the China>Rider
As I say alot, I couldn't imagine being at this show, Red Rocks summer 1982 what a blast that would of been. Man If I had a time machine its sole purpose would be to re-vist Hot Dead shows in cool years at the best venues. It would be "Back To The Dead" instead of Back to the Future. Ha Ha
Man, Jackstraw opener Sugaree, On The Road Again a sweet solo on Roses aa pretty Peggy O and a blow out 2nd set-unbelievable.
Subject: 7 star show. 2nd set fits on one disc.
This is one of those great forgotten masterpieces that would be great to give to a friend unmarked, just to torment them.
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